Classic Elegance at The Drake Hotel

I arrived in Chicago on a cold, blustery day and couldn’t wait to arrive at my destination. I was headed to The Drake Hotel, located right off “The Magnificent Mile,” and within walking distance to the Lakefront Trail, the Water Tower Mall, and most importantly, a Hershey’s store with the best milkshake of the month I have ever tasted. Recently inducted into the Historic Hotels of America, over the years The Drake has hosted royalty, heads-of-state and well-known gangsters. Known in the past for its luxury and opulence, the hotel still delivers on those promises today. When I stepped out of the car a doorman immediately met me with offers to help me carry my bag and directions to the check in desk. Within minutes I was checked in and directed to the elevators to take me to my floor.
the drake bedroom

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Ain’t No Fleas on Me! #PetArmorPlus Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Perrigo Animal Health, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the launch of a new topical flea and tick treatment, but Simply Southern Mom only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Perrigo Animal Health is not responsible for the content of this article.

“Your cat is anemic, has anorexia and might need a blood tranfusion,” our vet informed us. I stared at her in shock. I knew Sassie had been listless for the past few days, but wasn’t sure how it had came to this stage. “What caused this?” I asked, thinking she must have some dreaded disease. “Fleas,” she answered. “Wait a minute,” I protested, “I put flea medicine on her every month!” I was sure our status as responsible pet owners had gone down the drain. The vet assured me that she believed me, since Sassie had flea treatment on her neck, but it was not working for her. After an alternative treatment plan and days of me force feeding Sassie electrolyte replacement, she finally started to improve. That’s when I vowed to get serious about flea and tick prevention.

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How To Make Vanilla Extract From Scratch

vanilla ingredients

Once, on a long past business trip with Bryan to Mexico, I asked him to "pick up a large bottle of vanilla." I had expected two or three ounces. He returned with the largest bottle of vanilla I had ever seen. "Um ,honey," I responded when I saw it, … Read More...